Telly star Richard Hammond has fallen victim to burglars at the country castle where he has been recovering from his last car crash.
Police are probing a midnight raid at the sprawling 20-acre estate owned by the Grand Tour and former Top Gear host known as The Hamster.
The break-in terror sparked fresh concerns for the star’s safety, coming just months after he cheated death for the second time in a decade.
Richard, 48, was driving a £2million supercar in Switzerland last summer when he lost control before it flipped over and burst into flames.
He has been resting up at home recently, as rumours emerged
“To top it all off it sounds as though these people have tried to break in during the dead of night.
“It must have really rattled him and his family – you can only imagine what was going through their minds when they found out.”
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Shocked neighbours said they had believed the £2million castle in Weston-under-Penyard, Herefordshire, was as secure as Fort Knox with its protective ramparts, 10ft iron gates and high-tech security system.
One local said: “If he was burgled they must have used a helicopter to get in and out – as he does.
“It would have to be a James Bond-style break-in as the place is not easy to get into.”
Richard lives with wife Mindy and teenage daughters Willow and Isabella, but villagers say they rarely see the family.
West Mercia Police confirmed: “We received reports that a burglary may have been in progress and officers attended. An investigation is ongoing.”